Full course description
Many different test-taking issues affect deaf students, but linked to all of these issues are the differing experiences with English, professionals who do not have a full understanding of the learning experiences or backgrounds of deaf individuals, and the lack of testing standards.
Foundations of Test Equity is a two-hour self-paced professional development course that can help you discern challenges in testing circumstances for deaf individuals, while obtaining fundamental knowledge to improve test equity for deaf individuals. Course content provides information and resources to address the following:
What is test equity and why is it important?
What does it mean for a test to be equitable for deaf students?
What are test accommodations for deaf individuals?
Test equity, including accessible assessment and fairness in the use of resultant scores, is a critical issue in the field. By the end of this course you will achieve the following learning goals:
Understand testing and accommodation terminology,
Identify key issues of test equity for deaf individuals, and
Identify accommodation options when administering tests to deaf individuals.
What It Addresses
Tests are a common part of our educational landscape and are often gatekeepers for access to advanced training or job placement. A large array of complex factors might determine how deaf individuals may perform on a test or psychoeducational evaluation. These factors can occur in any combination, and each factor or mix of factors might affect individuals differently. Ultimately, the factors that can affect test performance yield unpredictable and inaccurate test results for deaf students.
Low or failing test scores can have long-term effects and dictate or limit life choices for deaf students. Results of tests for academic courses, vocational aptitude, professional licensing, certifications, driving, college entrance, and others can open or close the door to a deaf individual’s access to professions, employment, education, and other life choices
This course is an opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding of test equity basics and test taking experiences of deaf individuals.
Who It Is Designed For
Foundations of Test Equity is free and open to all. It is designed for both postsecondary and secondary educators, test designers and administrators. The information will also be beneficial to disability service providers, sign language interpreters, or anyone interested in learning about test equity.
Professional Development Credit
After you complete the Foundations Of Test Equity Course, we invite you to take the Implementing Test Equity Concepts Course for further exploration of test equity issues and concrete strategies to improve test equity and measurement for deaf students.